Matilda

by

Roald Dahl

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Michael “Mike” Wormwood Character Analysis

Mike is Matilda’s older brother by five years. He’s not nearly as intelligent as Matilda, and the narrator says that Mike has inherited Mr. Wormwood’s love of crime. Though Mike only appears briefly in the novel, he doesn’t seem like a bad kid—he’s the only one who looks back at Matilda when he leaves with their parents for Spain. He’s going to take over Mr. Wormwood’s used car business one day.

Michael “Mike” Wormwood Quotes in Matilda

The Matilda quotes below are all either spoken by Michael “Mike” Wormwood or refer to Michael “Mike” Wormwood. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin Books edition of Matilda published in 2007.
Chapter 1 Quotes

They had a son called Michael and a daughter called Matilda, and the parents looked upon Matilda in particular as nothing more than a scab. A scab is something you have to put up with until the time comes when you can pick it off and flick it away. Mr and Mrs Wormwood looked forward enormously to the time when they could pick their little daughter off and flick her away, preferably into the next county or even further than that.

Page Number: 10
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Chapter 2 Quotes

“How long will it run like that before it starts rattling again?” Matilda asked him.

“Long enough for the buyer to get a good distance away,” the father said, grinning. “About a hundred miles.”

“But that’s dishonest, daddy,” Matilda said. “It’s cheating.”

“No one ever got rich being honest,” the father said. “Customers are there to be diddled.”

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Mr. Wormwood (speaker), Michael “Mike” Wormwood, Miss Trunchbull
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Matilda leapt into Miss Honey’s arms and hugged her, and Miss Honey hugged her back, and then the mother and father and brother were inside the car and the car was pulling away with the tyres screaming. The brother gave a wave through the rear window, but the other two didn’t even look back.

Page Number: 240
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Michael “Mike” Wormwood Character Timeline in Matilda

The timeline below shows where the character Michael “Mike” Wormwood appears in Matilda. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1. The Reader of Books
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...Mr. Wormwood and his wife, Mrs. Wormwood, are like this. They have an older son, Michael, and a little daughter, Matilda. They hate Matilda in particular and are just waiting for... (full context)
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Now Michael is pretty normal. But Matilda is exceptional. By 18 months, she could speak perfectly, like... (full context)
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Matilda spends every afternoon alone while Michael is at school, Mr. Wormwood is at work, and Mrs. Wormwood plays bingo. On the... (full context)
Chapter 2. Mr. Wormwood, the Great Car Dealer
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...find a use for sawdust—he’ll explain it to her. Sure enough, Mr. Wormwood turns to Mike and says he loves buying old, beat-up cars. Even if the gears are shot, if... (full context)
Chapter 5. Arithmetic
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...to Matilda for about a week after the parrot incident. But then, as Matilda and Michael are waiting in the living room for their TV dinners, Mr. Wormwood marches in looking... (full context)
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After Michael fetches a pencil and paper, Mr. Wormwood reads off how much he paid for each... (full context)
Chapter 6. The Platinum-Blonde Man
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Later, Matilda and Michael are eating breakfast in the dining room while Mrs. Wormwood busily cooks up Mr. Wormwood’s... (full context)
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In a shriek, Mrs. Wormwood asks what Mr. Wormwood did to his hair. Michael joins in and shouts too; Matilda stays silent. Mr. Wormwood insists he doesn’t know what... (full context)
Chapter 21. A New Home
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...Mr. Wormwood agrees. Matilda leaps into Miss Honey’s arms and they watch the Wormwoods leave. Michael waves at Matilda out the window, but Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood don’t look back. (full context)